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5 fitness challenges to do during the Super Bowl

Enjoy a healthier Super Bowl XLVIII with some fun fitness games.
Enjoy a healthier Super Bowl XLVIII with some fun fitness games.
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While the Super Bowl is known for being a snack fest, you don't have to ditch your healthy habits in honor of America's greatest football team. Instead, turn today's Super Bowl into a fitness game -- making it fun and a healthy challenge for your muscles.

Here are five Super Bowl fitness game ideas:

  • The Omaha Challenge: It's no secret that Peyton Manning is obsessed with yelling "Omaha" on nearly every play. The challenge? Do a burpee each time he yells Omaha. If you are burpee pro, up the ante by doing five or even 10 each time the word is uttered by this year's league MVP.
  • Long-Distance Goals: Create a long-distance running challenge by committing to run the combined score in miles the week following the Super Bowl. Hopefully it won't be like Super Bowl XXIX, where the combined score of 75 points (San Francisco, 49 - San Diego, 26) would leave your legs burning for days.
  • Touchdown Push Ups: In honor of Eric Decker's alma mater's mascot, Goldy Gopher, bring the touchdown push ups tradition to life. Every time a touchdown is score in the game, drop and do push ups for the number of cumulative points on the board. For example, if the team scores a touchdown to have a score of 17 points, do 17 push ups. If a field goal follows, complete 20 push ups to reflect the cumulative score.
  • Squat Break: Let's face it, all the good commercials have already been leaked. You have likely watched all of them at least six times already, so commercial breaks are a great time to break out a squat challenge. Since commercials are common during football games, challenging yourself to squats during them will mean your quads and glutes will feel the burn.
  • Turnover Plank: Put that core to work by planking for a minute each time there's a turnover in the Super Bowl. If it's anything like Super Bowl XXVII, you will definitely feel the burn. That game, the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills had a combined nine turnovers, which would mean nine minutes of plank time for you.

Lora Mays is an avid runner who has been running for more than 15 years. In this time, she has found a love for marathons and plans to run her 15th this spring. When she isn't running, she is blogging about it at Crazy Running Girl.